Key proposals of the St Edmundsbury Borough Council budget

West Suffolk House, headquarters of St Edmundsbury Council
West Suffolk House, headquarters of St Edmundsbury Council
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St Edmundsbury Borough Council voted through it’s 2014/15 budget at Tuesday’s (February 25) meeting after it had been reccomended by cabinet.

The key budget proposals include:

– Council tax freeze – Band D homes pay £175.23 per year, the same as four years ago.

– Sharing services saves £417,000.

– Other savings total £262,000 including £75,000 from West Suffolk House space review.

– Investmets include continuing the ‘Free after 3’ initiative and investment in car parks.

– Invest in young people with continuation of the successful apprenticeship scheme.

– £158,000 in rural grants

– £1.5m in housing improvement grants.

– £700,000 in affordable housing.

– £94,000 in children’s play areas.

– £300,000 in all weather pitch replacement

– £500,000 in leisure centre improvements.

– The council tax support grant to Haverhill of £128,993 is being phased out over four years by cutting a quarter – £32,233 – annually

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, February 27) Echo.